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The Empire of Deharra

“The Emperor protects”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
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Location: the South Pacific



Population3.511 billion

CapitalThe Imperial Citadel
LeaderThe Emperor
FaithLoyalty to the State


The Empire of Deharra is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by The Emperor with an iron fist, and renowned for its ban on automobiles, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cynical population of 3.511 billion Deharrans are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Imperial Citadel. The average income tax rate is 93.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Deharran economy, worth 242 trillion rupees a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Pizza Delivery. Average income is 69,071 rupees, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It is illegal for a parent to tell a child to stop eating their boogers, the endangered saltwater humpback horse is only seen in captivity programs, illegal hunting is rife after veganism was recently made compulsory, and nobody ever questions the unquestioned rule that questions must always be asked. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Deharra's national animal is the horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Loyalty to the State.

Deharra is ranked 158,807th in the world and 6,646th in the South Pacific for Most Cultured, scoring 59 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,135thMost Secular: 2,264thMost Influential: 2,554thMost Income Equality: 2,943rdBest Weather: 3,632ndSafest: 4,363rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,472ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,811thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,146thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,763rdMost Pacifist: 6,360thLowest Crime Rates: 6,530thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,852ndTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,696thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,270thHealthiest Citizens: 9,541stNicest Citizens: 9,839thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,150thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,510thMost Authoritarian: 10,650thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,694thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,151stLargest Governments: 12,208thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,779thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,935th
Most Secular: 93rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 104th in the regionBest Weather: 107th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 107th in the regionSafest: 134th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 145th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 146th in the regionMost Income Equality: 148th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 178th in the regionMost Pacifist: 232nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 242nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 250th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 271st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 283rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 285th in the regionMost Influential: 285th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 295th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 304th in the regionLargest Governments: 317th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 318th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 324th in the regionNicest Citizens: 327th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 334th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 361st in the regionMost Stationary: 468th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 543rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 590th in the regionLargest Populations: 631st in the region

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